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Summary

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

©2014 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"A surefire hit ... The Aussie author of last year's runaway hit The Husband’s Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three women." ( Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Yuko
  • 13-04-17

great performance

so many twists in the story that takes place in a familiar background. the performance of the reader is fantastic.

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  • Natalie
  • 26-03-17

Struggling to get past the 4th chapter

I don't know if it's the simplistic and uninteresting writing style or the annoyingly crackly, broken voice talking to me like I was 8 years old that frustrates me more. I don't usually regard my self as a quitter - but I doubt I will finish this book.

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  • Tanya
  • 30-11-16

This is how you merge your characters.

Author brings these charactors together so artfully!! She gets into the heads of each characters personality. And she nails school gossip and school parents to a tee.
Loved this book!

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  • Sab_sunrise
  • 06-09-15

Loved it!

I really really enjoyed this book.
First of all it was read very well and this is to me as important as the content of the book. (I cant listen to a great book that is poorly read).

Big Little Lies was a "page turner" for me and the twist in the story did catch me by surprise.
I loved all the inner dialogues of people, their hidden thoughts and feelings, so human. I most appreciated how the story includes the trivial, the funny and the more profound human fears and joys. I am about to purchase another book of the Liane and hope it is as good as this one.

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  • Susan
  • 24-07-15

Most enjoyable

Delightful story with all of the elements: mystery, comedy, suspense, and romance. Nicely structured and topical. The author has captured beautifully the antics of school parents.

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  • Jo
  • 16-06-15

Funny, Sad and Riveting

I laughed and cried and was outraged at and with these characters. Enjoyed as much the second time is listened

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  • Emma
  • 14-05-15

great story, fabulous narration

i really loved this story. it was so well crafted, the characters engaging and I laughed, cried and inwardly screamed with anger and frustration. best of all I was not disappointed with the big reveal at the end. What more can you ask for.

the narration was well done and suited the tone if the story. i would happily listen to another book performed by Caroline Lee.

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  • Linda
  • 20-04-15

Modern mothers

This was a story based on a group of mothers and the dramas in their lives related to being accepted in their social group. It began by portraying these women as being social butterflies but did develop a more interesting story line as the realities of their lives unfolded. It tackled issues such as violence in the home, bullying and the rather nasty discrimination of community members who condemned a child in a very public way based on the story of one child. The outcome seemed a bit over dramatic and I found it difficult to empathise with these modern mums but some of the characters were memorable. Perhaps a book for those who are mothers.

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  • ally burgo
  • 11-03-15

A very easy entertaining read

Touches on a lot of themes but didn't delve especially deeply into any of them. Which sounds like a bad review- but I really enjoyed this book. Very light reading without being completely vacuous chic lit which I hate. Recommend for holiday or mid week reading

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  • KERRY JOHNSTONE
  • 22-02-15

Really enjoyable read!

This was my first audio book and I loved it!
God story, great characters and believable narration.

I'm hooked.

Thanks!